British Cinema of the 1950s : The Decline of Deference Paperback / softback
In this definitive and long-awaited history of 1950s British cinema, Sue Harper and Vincent Porter draw extensively on previously unknown archive material to chart the growing rejection of post-war deference by both film-makers and cinema audiences.
Competition from television and successive changes in government policy all forced the production industry to become more market-sensitive.
The films produced by Rank and Ealing, many of which harked back to wartimestructures of feeling, were challenged by those backed by Anglo-Amalgamated and Hammer.
The latter knew how to address the rebellious feelings and growing sexual discontents of a new generation of consumers.
Even the British Board of Film Censors had to adopt a more liberal attitude.
The collapse of thestudio system also meant that the screenwriters and the art directors had to cede creative control to a new generation of independent producers and film directors.
Harper and Porter explore the effects of these social, cultural, industrial, and economic changes on 1950s British cinema.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 420 pages, numerous halftones and tables
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 18/10/2007
- Category: Film theory & criticism
- ISBN: 9780198159353